The recent passing of actor/director Richard Attenborough touched on many aspects of his vast career in front of and behind the camera. From roles in The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix and Ten Little Indians to directing gigs like Chaplin, A Chorus Line and his grand slam Oscar-winner Ghandi, Attenborough had a diverse and successful decades-spanning career. Still, he is, and will probably remain, best known for playing John Hammond, the creator of the dinosaur resort island in Jurassic Park. Apropos, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow revealed a touching and fairly symbolic nod to the actor in the upcoming sequel.
Trevorrow posted this to Twitter yesterday:
In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014
Attenborough’s health had been suffering greatly in the last couple of years, and he had been diagnosed with senile dementia in 2012, so it was highly unlikely that he would make it to the Hawaii set of Jurassic World for a cameo. Still, it was good move to recognize the contributions of Attenborough (and Hammond) in some way in the new film even if the actor couldn’t be there in person.
As to the significance of Trevorrow’s tribute, anyone else getting a Walt Disney vibe from the Hammond statue? I know there’s a similar one as you enter the grounds of Disneyland, a smiley happy Walt holding hands with Mickey Mouse. So has Hammond’s legacy been “Disney-ified?” His sins glossed over? There’s a strong indication that Jurassic World will follow that allegory with its story, which is about a now fully-functional Jurassic Park breaking down after a new attraction, meant to draw new visitors, blows up in the faces of the park staff.
Jurassic World is in theaters everywhere next summer.
Source: Comic Book Movie